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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 11-16-2012, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tires - for riding in Los Angeles?

This may be a stupid question but...

Is there a better tire (than the stock Lasertec's) for use in the big cities (like LA) for when it rains and all of the oil in the road comes up to the surface and basically makes it like an ice rink and nearly impossible to ride on?

I ride my bike year round and the only time I can't ride it is when it rains. I could care less about getting wet but crashing on a slippery surface is really something I am not in to.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try michelin pilot activ's

i rode them on both my old bmw's. far superior to the lasertec's.

handle better, wear better, in my opinion, look better too. and definately won't break the bank.

any western powersports, or parts unlimited dealer can get them, as most shops in the area do not like mounting tires they don't sell.

if you have a shop that mounts customer supplied tires, i usually get tires from american moto tire, heres a link to their pilot activ selection

http://www.americanmototire.com/cata...ath=33_176_184
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i recently purchased my bonneville and looking at tires, may try the pirelli rosso II, prolly use the 140-70-17 out back only .2 inches diameter difference, IMO going bias is a step backwards, i have the mich sport touring on my sportster using larger wheels, NICE side benefit radials usually give better mpg, 1200cc 560 lb dry average 50 mpg, was getting 55 before corn piss gas!!
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The Pilots wear and ride excpetionaly well. Sport Demons handle better wet. Either is a good choice.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the replies. I will look into these.

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I'm fron the Northeast, but recently moved part time to LA. I am spooked by the groves/textured concrete pavement. I look at asphalt and want to see black.

Does anyone know the relative coefficient of friction (static) of the different surfaces (wet and dry)?

The white pavement spooks me. I've never seen a MotoGP track made of white cement.
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I'm fron the Northeast, but recently moved part time to LA. I am spooked by the groves/textured concrete pavement. I look at asphalt and want to see black.

Does anyone know the relative coefficient of friction (static) of the different surfaces (wet and dry)?

The white pavement spooks me. I've never seen a MotoGP track made of white cement.
Another recent New York transplant to LA I was thinking the same thing. Which tires are best for reducing the wobble on the grooved freeways.
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recently moved part time to LA. I am spooked by the groves/textured concrete pavement.
Does anyone know the relative coefficient of friction (static) of the different surfaces (wet and dry)?
The white pavement spooks me. I've never seen a MotoGP track made of white cement.
Generally the white cement that spooks you has about the same coefficient of friction (C/F) as black asphalt. The roads in Los Angeles are in disrepair and dangerous to put it kindly. PAINTED crosswalk lines and paint stripes on cement or asphalt or any painted surface on the road is NOT your friend. Slippery wet or dry. The C/F on paint is probably half the normal roadway surface. Be careful in Los Angeles and keep YOUR vehicle insurance policy for uninsured motorists up to date since many unlicensed drivers there do not have insurance.
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Another recent New York transplant to LA I was thinking the same thing.
Which tires are best for reducing the wobble on the grooved freeways.
I know your asking about tires BUT if you experience a wobble (and you will on a Triumph) I think your best option really is a steering dampener to avoid wobbles that can very quickly turn into a tank slapper.
If you don't know what a tank slapper is look it up on youtube...
You can go years without experiencing a bad wobble but when it turns into a tank slapper you will not forget the experience and you will be fortunate if you do not crash.
Costs for dampeners can vary from about $120 for a good one to over $500 intended more for racing.
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